Kara Elise Kopetsky

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Top Two Rows and Bottom Left and Center: Kara, circa 2007;
Bottom Right: Age-progression to age 23 (circa 2013)


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: May 4, 2007 from Belton, Missouri
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: February 17, 1990
  • Age: 17 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'5, 110 - 125 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, hazel eyes. Kara's navel is pierced and her ears are double-pierced. She has a scar on her forehead. She frequently changes her hair color and some agencies give her hair color as red or blonde. Kara pronounces her name "KAR-uh." She smoked Marlboro Lights cigarettes in 2007.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A gray t-shirt with a white skull print, a gray sweater with three-quarter-length sleeves, dark blue jeans, a black studded belt and black and white checkered Vans sneakers with bleach splotches.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Kara was last seen at Belton High School, in Belton, Missouri on May 4, 2007. She was a junior there at the time, and had an after-school job at a Popeye's Chicken restaurant. She has never been heard from again. Authorities initially believed she had left of her own accord; she had a history of running away for a couple of days at a time. However, Kara is now believed to be missing under suspicious circumstances. She has not accessed her bank account (which contained $150) or her MySpace page since she went missing, and the Motorola Razor cellular phone she always carries has been shut off. Kara did not drive at the time of her disappearance, and she left her clothing, cigarettes, makeup, hair straightener, iPod, debit card and other personal belongings behind. She was carrying a black leather hobo bag when she disappeared.

    There was a possible sighting of Kopestky in Louisburg, Kansas on May 17, thirteen days after her disappearance. She was accompanied by an unidentified man. A sketch of the man is posted below this case summary. Authorities have not determined that the girl seen in Louisburg was Kara, but they would like to verify the sighting and identify the man. Another teenager, Kelsey Ann Smith, disappeared from Overland Park, Kansas in June 2007. She was found murdered a couple of days later. There was speculation that Smith's and Kara's cases were related; they disappeared not far apart from one another and were of similar age and appearance. However, a suspect was charged with Smith's murder and investigators decided her death and Kara's disappearance are unrelated.

    Shortly before her disappearance, Kara got an order of protection against Kylr C. Yust, her boyfriend of nine months. Kara stated he was stalking her and that he had had choked her and threatened to slit her throat. She claimed that on a separate occasion on April 28, just a week before her disappearance, he had waited outside her workplace until she finished her shift, forced her into his vehicle and driven her around against her will for awhile before she was able to jump out of the truck and escape. Yust was charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct and assault in connection with the incident. He was considered a possible suspect in Kara's disappearance, but he cooperated with the investigation, he has an alibi for the time she went missing and he also passed a lie detector test. He denied having ever abused her.

    Kara lived with her mother, stepfather and younger brother at the time of her disappearance. Her parents are divorced and her father lived in a nearby town. She was occasionally truant from school in 2007. Authorities stated there is no evidence of foul play in Kara's case, but they do not believe she ran away from home. Her case remains unsolved.

    Above: Unidentified individual possibly seen with Kara


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Belton Police Department


    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    America's Most Wanted
    Crime Scene Kansas City
    MySpace Page for Kara Kopetsky
    The Kansas City Star
    Missouri Missing
    Federal Bureau of Investigation
    KCTV 5


    Updated 7 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated February 26, 2013; age-progression added.

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